At no point Friday did coach Erik Spoelstra pull his players together during practice at FTX Arena for a chant of, “We’re No. 4!”
And yet, that is where the Miami Heat stood at the time, fourth in Caesar’s Sportsbook’s NBA championship odds among the Eastern Conference playoff teams, even with their No. 1 seed, and sixth among the overall postseason field.
By the numbers, the line for 2022 championship winner stood at: Phoenix Suns +260, Milwaukee Bucks +475, Golden State Warriors +800, Boston Celtics +850, Brooklyn Nets +900 and then the Heat at +1000 (bet $10 to win $100). So, in the East, alone, behind the Bucks, Celtics and Nets.
“In terms of where there’s motivation because people are counting us out or not giving us a due respect, each person can translate that on…
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